The Entire Sum of Existence

This is a piece that someone in my life I’ll call G commissioned to honor the deep and once-in-a-lifetime love that she and her husband shared. ⁣

I took my time with this piece to honor that love. It also gave me the opportunity to do something I have been meaning to do: I documented my hand lettering process. ⁣

With one look at this piece, you can probably see that my technical hand lettering skills are still developing. What you CAN’T see is that my skills as a researcher and organizer are well-established. Thanks to these skills (and hours of online and in-person hand lettering classes, plus a half dozen how-to books), my hand lettering process has solidified into something stable. Something I can count on. I’ve been meaning to share it with you. And now, thanks to G and this piece, I can. For all you ever wanted to know about how to hand letter, check it out.

Minneapolis writer Words by Emily's hand lettered art with the quote the entire sum of existence is the magic of being needed by just one person

Published by Emily P.G. Erickson

Emily P.G. Erickson is a writer with a master's degree in psychology. Her service journalism and personal essays about mental health, mindfulness, and motherhood have appeared in The New York Times, WIRED, Romper, Elemental, and elsewhere. You can find the latest from Emily at

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